do you remember the good old days before the ghost town

do you remember the good old days before the ghost town

the first single i bought was ghost town by the specials. cool eh? i don’t think i got the political sentiments. i used to turn all the lights off in my bedroom and scare myself with the spooky intro. you think that’s sad? a few weeks later i bought green door by shakin’ stevens. now that’s sad. but ghost town has stood the test of time. i was ten when it came out. i’d spent years worrying about the 4 minute warning and whether we could insulate our garage to ward off a nuclear attack. thatcher was in power (say no more). they were rioting on the streets of handsworth just a few miles from my front door. and i was just discovering music. it is amazing to think that 30 years later i can listen to this song and recapture a little bit of my ten year old self. i was just a baby. the intro still gets me but i also get the message now. and sadly it’s just as relevant in 2011as then. and ghost town or not, i do remember the good old days. (can’t remember yesterday though, or where i put my pinking shears)

do you remember the good old days before the ghost town

i ignored the smiths as a teenager. i was quite a positive, happy little thing and i seemed to jump from duran duran to the beastie boys and miss the whole indie scene. now i’m a happy, not so little thing i’m all about the indie. then, i didn’t get the melancholy. hadn’t lived. now i totally get it. i love the jangly guitars and the despairing lyrics. the dark humour and cynicism. this song in particular just moves me. i play it every week, sometimes several times a day. somehow, listening constantly to what some would say is ‘depressing’ music makes me feel very happy and hopeful. and it’s great to sew to.

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and finally….if you hit the ‘i heart bearwood in the springtime’ link in the sidebar, i’ve posted details of the upcoming spring fair. not far away now. we’ll be updating this page and the facebook page regularly so keep a look out and let us know if you’re coming along.

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